Archive for March, 2010

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Guitar Center, the world’s largest musical instrument retailer, today announced that Guitar Center Presents Your Next Record with Slash, a first-of-its-kind unsigned band competition, has received more than 8,000 submissions from unsigned bands across the country, in its first month alone. The competition provides emerging artists the chance to win the ultimate career-altering opportunity: record a 3-song EP with legendary producer, Mike Clink (Guns N’ Roses, Motley Crue, Megadeth) and have Slash write, record and perform on the winning artists’ single. Through April 30th, 2010, unsigned bands across the United States are still invited to submit their music at YourNextRecord.com for a chance to win the aforementioned prize package, which also includes:

* A management development deal with “The Collective” (Linkin Park, Slash, Avenged Sevenfold)
* Feature of winning artists’ single on iTunes
* Worldwide distribution of winning artists’ music through TuneCore
* $10,000 Guitar Center Shopping Spree
* New gear and endorsement deals from Ernie Ball Music Man
* An opening slot on Slash’s Monster Energy Bash
* An editorial feature on the winning band in Guitar World Magazine

A Guitar Center Presents Your Next Record with Slash promo video can be viewed here at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWOluHHoccE.

“The response so far has been tremendous and a lot of the music we’ve received sounds amazing but I still want to hear more,” said Slash. “We’re looking to find a great band with some kick ass songs and good energy, who hasn’t been able to get their foot in the door otherwise, and take them to the next level.”

The opportunity coincides with what will be Slash’s first true solo album. Slash announced today his CD, SLASH, will release in April 2010. The album features an all-star roster of guest musicians including Ian Astbury, Chris Cornell, Rocco DeLuca, Fergie, Dave Grohl, Myles Kennedy, Kid Rock, Lemmy Kilmeister, Adam Levine of Maroon 5, Duff McKagan, M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold, Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop, and Andrew Stockdale of Wolfmother.

Guitar Center Presents Your Next Record with Slash is just one of many Guitar Center initiatives created to foster growth and success within the music community, including its annual King of the Blues, Drum-Off and On-Stage competitions, among others. Guitar Center’s King of the Blues is a nationwide amateur guitar skills competition with the goal of finding the next great undiscovered blues guitar player. Drum-Off is an annual drumming competition that, now in its 21st year, has been a launching pad for many drummers, including Cora Coleman-Dunham and Tony Royster Jr, two Drum-Off winners who have gone on to become highly acclaimed professional drummers (with Prince and Jay Z respectively). Guitar Center On-Stage is a musical competition judged by Motley Crue. The winning band, The Last Vegas, has since gone on to open for Motley Crue on tour and subsequently topped iTunes critics’ 2009 “Rock Singles of the Year List” with their hit single “I’m Bad.”

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Gibson Guitar, the world’s premiere musical instrument manufacturer and leader in music technology, is proud to announce the highly anticipated launch of the Gibson Guitar App. This free to download App will be available exclusively for all Apple iPhone and iPod Touch users directly from the Apple App Store 25th February 2010. This is one App every guitarist and fan of Gibson Guitar must own. Over the past two years over 3 Billion Apps have been downloaded around the world, the Gibson Guitar App cements Gibson’s reputation as the industry’s leader in innovation and music technology.

The Gibson Guitar App includes a number of special features, such as a traditional chromatic tuner which starts in “All Notes” mode that tracks whatever is played. Owners of the App can choose a tuning on the “Mode” page so the tuner will only track notes for that particular tuning. Also included is a standard chromatic tuner, a simple tuner which allows less advanced users to tune to Standard tuning Open G, Open D etc by touching the key. For iPhone users, the Gibson headstock inlay will automatically change color indicating if the string is sharp, flat or in tune. For iPod Touch users they can turn the “Play Notes” option on so they can hear the appropriate tuning since they do not have a microphone facility.

The Gibson app also features a standard metronome that allows users to choose a specific BPM or tap the screen three times to automatically set the tempo. Other key features of the app include over 30 chord charts with finger markings to help the user with mastering the chord. For those who prefer to learn new guitar riffs, licks or chord sequences via video tuition can now have that option from their Gibson App. The app will be updated frequently with new video content so users of all guitar ability can improve their technique from the comfort of their home.

For those who want to keep up with everything Gibson Guitar related including the announcement of new products, artist activity, news stories, interesting and factual features, exclusive contests and special events to name a few can now do this via the Gibson.com option. By popular demand the Gibson Guitar App is a multi-purpose and fully interactive guitar application which can be used at home, on the road or in the Studio. It’s a must have for guitarists and music enthusiasts of all ability and style, and best of all its free. Get yours today.

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Indiegrrl Women in the Arts nonprofit announces that the 2010 Indiegrrl International Music & Arts Conference & Festival is set to take place in Knoxville, TN this year on August 19 to 22 with the theme “Taking It To The Streets”. A festival style format for showcases has been added to the event this year to bring more public awareness to our selected performing artists by putting showcases in downtown Knoxville, Old City, and Market Square area venues and galleries. Some of these showcases will have live TV streaming on the internet through KnoxIvi 11 O’clock Rock, and main stream radio broadcasts with WDVX FM Radio in Knoxville and also broadcasts on Writer’s Block. There are 120 showcase opportunities available and all genres of music, comedy, and spoken word artists are invited to submit for showcasing slots. Visit http://indiegrrl.com/conference.html for details on how to submit and to register to attend. Deadline to submit is March 31, 2010.

The hosting site for the conference is the beautiful Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park conveniently located within walking distance or a short trolley ride to all of the participating venues. They are extending a discounted hotel room rate for all conference attendees along with free parking opportunities. The conference is a 4 day event packed with educational workshops, panel discussions, and keynote speakers aimed to help independent artists with career development. It is a great networking opportunity with artists and industry professionals and with the addition of the festival format this year to also network with the general public and build a new fan base. Vendors set up to market products and services that enhance the careers of independent artists. Both women and men can attend this event. All showcase artists must identify as females. All bands, groups, and duos must be female fronted.

“Our main goal with producing this event is to build an extremely affordable ‘Human Interaction’ opportunity for networking, career development education, and live performance opportunity that is not available through time spent on the internet. I have had many artists and professionals tell me that after attending this conference it super charged them and helped them take their careers to a stronger level and gave them a new commitment to better their skills and entrepreneurial minds. I feel personally as an artist, so much is taking place on the internet that we all sometimes get lost in the shuffle, and lose touch with the need for actual human interaction and bouncing ideas off each other and having question and answer sessions in person. This conference is packed with opportunities like that to interact with your peers and with other leading edge industry professionals. It also builds awareness of women in music, comedy, and spoken word with the community.” states Vicki Blankenship President of Indiegrrl Women in the Arts.

Sponsorship opportunities are available in everything from print ads in the conference program, to tote bag stuffer program, vendor opportunities, and logo inclusion in all print material, advertising, and radio promotion announcements. Contact Vicki Blankenship at Vicki@indiegrrl.com or Karen E. Reynolds , Vice President of Indiegrrl Women in the Arts at sounded@aol.com. Indiegrrl appreciates all sponsorship involvement that helps us in producing this and other events.

http://www.indiegrrl.com/

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Music site www.whotune.com will offer unsigned artists the opportunity to be seen by record company executives, managers, promoters and fans of music at the upcoming SXSW Festival in Austin, TX. Artists can use the company’s ‘Jam Cam’ to perform LIVE via webcam and be seen on the big screens at the whotune booth at SXSW. To perform all you need to do is register at whotune.com and schedule a time on the Jam Cam scheduler. See www.whotune.com.

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Barbecue Championship Hog Wild Festival, Mobile, Mar. 12-13; www.bbqmobile.net, 251-479-4900

This event at the Greater Gulf State Fairgrounds includes live music, barrel racing and cooking demonstrations.

Gulf Coast Zydeco Music & Crawfish Festival, Daphne, May 14-16; 251-626-5300, www.gulfcoastzydecomusicfestival.com

Dancing, Cajun food and zydeco bands.

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